“We run in crap everyday. If it’s raining we’re out. If it’s sunny we’re out. If it’s snowing we’re out.”
When the weather is at its worst. Decorah kids are often at their best according to co-coach Cristy Nimrod.
The Decorah girls qualified for Saturday’s final in the 4 x 100 relay with the second-fast preliminary time of 44.98. The Vikings also finished fifth in the 4 x 200 relay in a time of 1:45.89. Rose Gullekson, Brooke Berns and Brielle Buresh were a part of both quartets. Grace Syverson ran on the 4 x 100 relay and Amanda Kuehner opened up the 4 x 200 relay for Decorah.
While most of the 2A/3A session was ran in steady rainfall, it was better than what the team dealt with Thursday night at the house the team rents near Drake Stadium.
“We had no electricity for ten hours last night,” said Nimrod. “We eat eggs off the grill this morning, a great way to start your day.”
The Des Moines area dealt with several rounds of severe weather, the first of which caused the 1A and 4A Thursday session to be suspended before the conclusion of the scheduled event.
But once the team arrived at Drake Stadium, all was good. “The kids responded real well, ” said Nimrod. “For the 4 x 2 to come out of the second heat to place was awesome and the 4 x 1 set another school record.”
The Vikings have qualified for the finals in three events for Saturday. In addition to the 4 x 100, Brielle Buresh will run in the 100 finals and Brooke Berns will compete in the 200 finals.